I treated today like any other school day. Over the weekend I thought seriously about introducing a lesson on some aspect of 9-11. I spent some time on the Internet looking for ideas and did come across an interesting site on public memory and memorials at Facing History. Late Sunday I decided to stick to my original game plan and just continue with each class where we left off on Friday. I was worried that focusing on the events of 9-11 would leave me emotionally drained, and I was not prepared to deal with that. Whether or not this was a good reason I can’t help but feel just a little guilty that I lost an opportunity to do something interesting and meaningful. I never thought I would use history to hide behind.
Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth
“Levin’s study is the first of its kind to blueprint and then debunk the mythology of enslaved African Americans who allegedly served voluntarily in behalf of the Confederacy.”–Journal of Southern History